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Community Garden Program

The City of Barrie's Community Garden Program is governed by the Community Garden Policy. There are currently seven community gardens in Barrie.

The Government of Ontario recognized community gardens as essential services and permitted municipalities to operate public community gardens during 2020 under COVID-19 protocols. Staff continue to monitor direction from the provincial government and the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit regarding the operation of municipal community gardens.

Community Gardens Builds Complete

The City of Barrie is pleased to announce that the Community Garden builds are now complete at Riverwood Park, Lampman Lane and Batteaux Park. Thank you to our community partners Urban Pantry and the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit who undertook the construction of these three new gardens. 

All three community garden concepts and locations below were approved for implementation in 2021. For more detail please refer to the May 2021 Memo to City Council.    

Community Garden Locations

Batteaux Park, 443 Mapleton Avenue

The garden was built in July 2021 by Urban Pantry through a Trillium Foundation Grant. There are two (2) raised plots, nine (9) single plots and three (3) double plots with water service onsite. Please refer to Batteaux Garden Map for plot numbers.

At this time, residents can rent a plot at Batteaux Community Garden for 2022, and this will also allow them access the garden for the remainder of 2021.

Eastview Community Park, 453 Grove Street

The garden was built in 2020 by Urban Pantry through a Trillium Foundation Grant. There are two (2) raised plots, ten (10) single plots and nine (9) double plots with water service onsite. Please refer to Eastview Garden Map for plot numbers.

In 2021, double plots #10 and #19 are sponsored communal plots. If you are interested in participating in a communal plot, please contact Service Barrie at  ServiceBarrie@barrie.ca or (705) 726-4242​.  

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Golden Meadow Park, 139 Hurst Drive

The garden was built in 2012 by Living Green - Environmental Action Barrie. There are twelve (12) single garden plots and six (6) double plots with water service onsite. Please refer to the Golden Meadow Park Garden Map for plot numbers. 

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Lampman Lane Park, 59 Lampman Lane

The garden was built in July 2021 by Urban Pantry through a Trillium Foundation Grant. There are two (2) raised plots, twelve (12) single plots and six (6) double plots with water service onsite. Please refer to Lampman Lane Garden Map for plot numbers.

There are nine (9) raised beds adjacent to the community garden that are designated teaching gardens and are not available to rent at this time.

At this time, residents can rent a plot at Lampman Lane Community Garden for 2022, and this will also allow them access the garden for the remainder of 2021.

Shear Park Community Garden, 21–23 Holgate Street

The garden was built in 2019 by Urban Pantry through a Trillium Foundation grant. There are two (2) raised plots, nine (9) single plots and nine (9) double plots with water service onsite. Please refer to the Shear Park Garden Map for plot numbers.

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Riverwood Park, 22 Kozlov Street

The garden was built in August 2021 by Urban Pantry through a Trillium Foundation Grant. There are 2 (2) raised plots, ten (10) single plots and six(6) double plots with water service onsite. Please refer to the Riverwood Community Garden Layout  for plot numbers. 

At this time, residents can rent a plot at the Riverwook Community Garden for 2022, and this will allow renters access for the remainder of 2021.

This new garden represents the closure and transfer of the existing Sunnidale Park location. A new parking lot in Riverwood Park will be constructed in 2022.

Sunnidale Park (Coulter Street curve)
Will be decommissioned at the end of October 2021

Established in 2010, with a financial contribution and the work of many volunteers from Living Green - Environmental Action Barrie, the Sunnidale Community Garden is located along Coulter Street in Sunnidale Park. It is a fenced area containing 10 single garden plots and 11 double plots within the fenced enclosure (see Sunnidale Park - Garden Layout). This layout is subject to change at the gardeners' discretion. 

Please note:

  • There is no water tap available on site and gardeners are responsible for their own water supply
  • There is an abundance of groundhogs due to the natural parkland, and gardeners are advised to implement any controls necessary (raised beds, chicken wire etc.) on their plots to prevent loss of produce.​

Garden Plot Rental Contract & Fees

Prior to renting a plot, gardeners are to read the policy and sign a Community Garden Rental Contract. The City administers the registration of the garden plots and any alterations to the garden plan. The gardeners elect a garden coordinator to operate the day-to-day functions of the garden and liaise with the City. 

  • Single Plot: $20 + HST ($22.60) - 1.5 x 4.5m (5'x15')
  • Double Plot: $50 + HST ($56.5​0) - 3m x 4.5m (10' x 15')

How to Rent a Garden Plot

Current gardeners must re-register for their same plot annually by October 31. New gardener registrations are accepted starting November 1 annually.

  1. Fill out and sign aCommunity Garden Rental Contract​​.One plot per person, except after May 24th.
  2. Submit the contract by mail or in-person at Service Barrie with payment by cheque payable to the "City of Barrie" (please do not send cash in the mail). Mailing address:

    City of Barrie Community Garden Administrator
    Service Barrie, Box 400
    Barrie Ontario, L4M 4T5 

Signed contracts will be received on a first-come, first-served basis. Gardeners may pick their plot immediately if registering in person. If the contract was submitted by mail, registrants will be notified of their plot number by phone or e-mail. Your contact information will be made available to the Garden Coordinator, who will contact you when the garden is opened up in the spring. If you indicate on your contract that you are interested in being a Garden Coordinator, you will be contacted by the City of Barrie Community Garden Administrator.

Due to the limited number of plots available, you may be placed on a waiting list, in priority sequence, if the plots are all rented by an early date. Your payment will be returned to you if your contract was submitted by mail. If a plot becomes available, you will be contacted according to the waiting list priority sequence, and the fee will be due at that time. Please submit your signed contract regardless of plot availability in order to help indicate the level of community interest and the need for more garden plots.​


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